Today, church discipline is perceived as an unkind action. People don’t like the idea of confronting another person because of its supposed negativity. Consequently, few churches are practicing church discipline today. In this essay, I will argue church discipline is a biblical command, and when done properly, strengthens the health of the church. Jesus told us… Read More What does God say about Church Discipline?
“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed (1 Peter 5:1).” Elders are men called by God to be overseers. They are known for their prayer life (1 Tim. 2:8), modeling Christ-like service (1 Pet. 5:2),… Read More How to be a Virtuous Leader in the Church
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble (1 Peter 3:8).” When I was in college, I swam for the University of Indianapolis. Our opponents pejoratively called us the “international team” and accused us of recruiting illegal immigrants. I think they were jealous because our team, full of diversity,… Read More Having a Unity of Mind for Spiritual Growth
We are living in exciting times for the growth of the Church. There is no doubt about that. Large churches are growing all around the United States, adding 1,000s to worship Jesus on Sunday morning. In 2008, an American evangelical denomination reported that 2.5 million decisions were made for Christ. Yet, with all the excitement… Read More What is the Spiritual State of the American Church?
This topic has widely been debated, from those within the different denominations of Christianity, to atheists, skeptics, feminists, and others who are passionate about the equality of men and women. Before we begin, it’s important to recognize that no one is arguing that women are less intrinsically valuable or inferior to men. It’s my hope… Read More Are women to remain silent in Church?
Dr. Kaiser, an Old Testament scholar from Brandeis University writes: “What many fail to understand is that slavery in biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not… Read More What does the Bible say about Slavery?
“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her.” -Ephesians 5:25 I love my wife. She is a stream of wisdom, a gracious counselor, servant-hearted Mom, and a beautiful work of art. I am glad God united us together in marriage and we get to spend the rest of… Read More Redefining Marriage Doesn’t Define My Marriage